Cruise Ship Management
Spend your winter break in the Caribbean learning what goes into the management and operation of a cruise ship. You will visit The Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay,Belize and Cozumel while traveling on the Carnival Glory cruise ship. On board, you will examine basic cruise operations including sales and booking, food and beverages, hotel operations, security, recreation activities, shore excursions, and personnel management through lectures and presentations by cruise ship staff.
- Tourism (TOUR) 331: Cruise Ship Management
Eligibility & Prerequisites
This program is open to all Tourism and Events Majors (TEM) with at least 60 hours of coursework (including TOUR 200, TOUR 220 and TOUR 230). Participants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of departure and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25. Tourism majors from outside of George Mason University who meet similar requirements are eligible with instructor permission.
Cruise Ship Management Scholarship
Through the generosity of the Carnival Foundation, financial assistance is available to promising scholars who are interested in cruise ship management. Several scholarship awards (valued at $1,250 each) will be made during Winter Break 2018 to successful students enrolled in and completing TOUR 331 (Cruise Ship Management). The purpose of the scholarship is to create an economically diverse group of course participants by supporting students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise.
Scholarship recipients must:
- be a declared major in the Bachelor of Science (Tourism and Events Management) program at George Mason University,
- be a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) during the Spring 2018 semester,
- be enrolled in TOUR 331 (note pre-requisites),
- successfully complete TOUR 331,
- begin the Spring 2018 semester with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0,
- submit a current resumé and statement of interest/commitment, and
- demonstrate financial need.
Click here to download the Cruise Ship Management Scholarship Application
Double or triple occupancy rooms on cruise ship.
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3160.00
- Tuition (3 credits)
- Almost all meals
- Group excursions and activities
- Airport transfers
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Travel Insurance
- Round-trip airfare
- Some meals
- Personal spending
- Optional excursions and activities
|Pre-cruise meeting 1 (Nov. 3)
||9am-12pm: 9:00 a.m. – noon: Orientation meeting. International travel presentation. Risk management presentation.
|Pre-cruise meeting 2 (Nov. 17)
||9am-12pm: 9:00 a.m. – noon: Cruise industry history, issues and trends (Fairfax Campus)
|Pre-cruise meeting 3 (Dec. 1)
||9am-12pm: 9:00a.m. – noon: Industry organization. On-shore support. (Fairfax Campus)
|Pre-cruise meeting 4 (Dec. 9)
||12:30pm- early evening: Pre-Departure Orientation (Fairfax Campus)
|Cruise Day 1
||Participants arrive at port in Florida.
1:00 pm: Orientation, business development, ship tour.
4:00 pm: Depart on Carnival Ship
|Cruise Day 2
||9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Shore activities.
Evening: Hotel /Guest services / Ship Administration
|Cruise Day 3
||9:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Shore activities.
Evening.: Food Services / Sales / Group Services
|Cruise Day 4
||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Group shore excursion. Field assignments.
|Cruise Day 5
||9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Shore activities. Field assignments.
8:00 p.m.: Depart for next location.
|Cruise Day 6
||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: At sea class meetings (Entertainment / Cruise Director functions, Retailing, Corporate operations, Maritime security, Environmental Dept.)
|Cruise Day 7
||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Group breakfast. Arrive back in Florida. Debark.
|9am-1pm Final group presentations and evaluation (Fairfax Campus)
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed